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From the Personal Representative (January, 2019)

posted Jan 2, 2019, 2:47 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Happy New Years to all and welcome to 2019!

     As we close out another year, it is time to reflect on this past year’s accomplishments, and look forward to another Installation and a new corps of officers to take us through 2019.

     There were many highlights this past year and financially, we ended strong. The most prominent highlight was the addition of 25 new members who witnessed all 29 degrees this past summer in Oakland. For the first time in some 40 or 50 years, all 29 degrees were conferred on the same weekend. The 20 Valleys in California hosted the event and in total, 130 new Scottish Rite Masons were created. I am proud to say that San Jose Valley conferred the most degrees, had a huge contingent in working the stage, moving props and costumes and also manning the audio visual aspects of the Reunion. It was a huge success and we were a major part of that success.      

      On a sad note, our General Secretary, Hank Vlcek unfortunately had to resign as he and his family, moved to the Phoenix area. Brother Hank was a superb asset for our Valley and he will be sorely missed. Hank, “Job well done”, Thanks. Fortunately though, with every dark cloud, you can somehow find a silver lining. And to this we were fortunate that Bro. Gregg Hall stepped up and volunteered to take on the tasks at hand. After working with Hank for about a month, Gregg took over the reins, and has done an outstanding job in putting his own personal touches to the position. He has helped to modernize the office (and although we are a fraternity), he has brought a business background to the office that has made us more efficient as well as more cost effective. Along with these new duties, he continued as the Chairman of our Supreme Council program Called VMAP. It stands for Valley Membership Achievement Project, and exists to raise the level of the member experience and to promote Scottish Rite education. Once again, we completed all necessary facets of the program to be awarded a completion plaque for our efforts in 2018.

      Financially, although the market had a tough year, we were able to manage things around the office and finished the fiscal year in great shape. Both our Bodies and Foundation budgets ended in the black. We are not naïve to think that this will continue forever, but it has been a blessing this past year. Our new budgets for 2019 have been created and I feel comfortable in our plan. I am anxious to see what we can accomplish.      

       As I stated earlier, our Installation is just around the corner (Tuesday, Jan. 29th) and I congratulate all the officers who will be installed. Please attend and help support those who have taken on a leadership role in the Valley. It is our annual celebration of the new corps of officers and the time to celebrate the New Year. I want to also thank our outgoing Masters who did a marvelous job in 2018. Many thanks go to Brothers Randy Downey, Chuck Cowden, Brandon Duenas and Sean Patrick as well as ourChief Knight, Naresh Rampershad. All of your efforts were greatly appreciated and our successes are your successes.

       For 2019, many of our programs and events will continue. As we did this past year, we will again hold our Annual Grand Master recognition “Festive Board” where we will honor our Grand Master, MW Stu Wright, and his Lady Julie. This is always a great event and we look forward to this year’s celebration. Events to look forward to are our two “Nights of Instruction” banquets chaired by Bro. Chuck Cowden. Bro. Chuck will also chair our Military Recognition Night, which has become an annual and very enjoyable event. Bro. Richard Fisher is again chairing our Scholarship Committee, as we will honor another graduating senior on their way to college. Later this month, we will again honor the Masters of our lodges as they complete their term sitting in the East of their particular lodge. We exist only because our Craft Lodges are strong and we wish to honor the men who have held our lodges together. We will continue some traditional events like our Maundy Thursday Celebration, Sweethearts Night, as well as 25 year and 50 year membership celebrations. We again attend the Highland Games in Pleasanton. What an exciting day! But besides our traditional events, we are looking for many new ideas as well.  

        Our Foundation is still very strong, but we can always use a new contribution here or there to continue our work (and I will speak more about that in a few moments). Our clinic continues to do amazing things with our kids and I am very proud of what is being accomplished by our Clinicians. For the past couple of years we have also made sizable contributions to the Grand Master’s project, Raising a Reader, Masons 4 Mitts, recognition of our DeMolay leadership at their Annual Conclave, and we continued our Scholarship program. We were also pleased to be able to make a fifth installment contribution to the Supreme Council’s House of the Temple, refurbishment project (to date, we have been able to donate $125,000 of the $150,000 we pledged to the project). 

    I said just a few lines earlier that we can always use a few more contributions to aid us doing the good works we wish to accomplish. Although we currently handle about 65 kids a year in our language clinic, we still unfortunately have about 100 kids on the waiting list. The list is so long, that realistically, many of them will never get the treatment they deserve. We would like to do more, but we need more funds to make it happen. To that end, we are starting a “Building Fund Campaign” to raise dollars for our Foundation. Our current building was built in 1984, and at that time, a very successful Building Campaign was established and goals were met by the thousands of dollars raised through the generosity of our members (Many of you were a part of that successful campaign). This year’s campaign is essentially the same as the original campaign that was established some 30 plus years ago. There are 6 different levels of giving to choose from (please see details of those levels of giving in another section of the Rite Word). So why do we call it a building campaign? Today we, only use about 60 percent of our building. We want to complete the renovation of our downstairs auditorium which will allow us to rent our building much more than today for smaller and medium size events. We are also looking to convert our old print shop and photo shop to a professional conference room with all of the technological audio visual capabilities desired by businesses of today. Here again, the rental business has a huge potential which will allow us to raise more funds for our Foundation. We also want to create more social area for our members. In the basement, we want to create an area where we as members can play pool, cards, darts, etc., an area to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.

      So, no matter what your financial capabilities are, I ask only, “Each to his own Ability”. Every dollar will be cherished, and every dollar will go a long way in helping more of our kids. This coming month, every member will receive a letter explaining the campaign as well as a pledge envelope for your convenience. You will be asked to:

First, choose a level of giving that is comfortable for you and your family.

Second, you will be asked to make a pledge of a dollar amount within that level of giving.

Third, you will have the choice to make either a one-time donation or choose to make recurring contributions over the next 1, 2 or 3 years (you can divide the payments up for ease of your own budgets).

    Please look for this letter, look within your hearts and hopefully you will decide what we are doing is important and that you wish to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor. Help us make this campaign as successful as it was in 1984. Our Grand Master’s theme this year is “Making a Difference”, and he continually reminds us that the difference is YOU!!    

      As in past years, I want to close this article with some thoughts on how we can best serve you. We only know we are doing ok, if we hear from you. Please give me your thoughts about where you see our Valley is heading, or what you would like to see done, regarding our Valley? What would excite you to return to an active role? Our Valley is here to support you, but I need to know your thoughts and desires. Please contact me when you think we are failing, but most importantly communicate. You are a valued member and we value your input. I want to thank our Executive Assistant, Angela for all she does for our Valley. She makes us all look good with what she does around the building. Please make sure you stop by the office and thank her for all her efforts. She is invaluable to me, and makes my job very easy. I want to also thank Ill Bud Ramsey for assisting me in the role as Assistant to the PR. His support is invaluable. 

       I look forward to seeing each of you over this coming year. Come on out and help make a difference! Happy New Year to all!



Dues Notices

posted Jan 2, 2019, 2:39 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Unfortunately we still have about 20 members that have not paid their 2018 dues.  This is the final appeal.  Those who have not paid or made arrangements with the Secretary will be suspended at our January stated meeting.

Every effort has been made to contact each of these members.


Annual Dinner Ticket Books

posted Jan 2, 2019, 2:38 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

You can now buy an Annual Dinner Ticket Book, which gives you 11 Stated Meeting Dinners and 1 Grand Masters Banquet.  For a cost of $150.  This saves you $19 off of the annual price or over 11%.  There is no time limit to use them, unlike the previous annual pass which had to be used within the year.


Stated Meeting Dinner (January 8, 2019)

posted Jan 2, 2019, 2:37 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Stated Meeting Menu


January 8, 2019


(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by December 7th)

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Assorted Appetizers

Chicken Marsala

Rice Pilaf

Mixed Vegetables

Mixed Green Salad
Fresh Rolls



Stated Meeting Dinner Menu (December 11, 2018)

posted Dec 29, 2018, 11:22 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Stated Meeting Menu


December 11, 2018


(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by December 7th)

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Assorted Appetizers

Chicken Marsala

Rice Pilaf

Mixed Vegetables

Mixed Green Salad
Fresh Rolls



Night of Instruction - December 4, 2018

posted Nov 8, 2018, 5:50 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

The PR and VM of the SJ SR Valley

invite all Freemasons to a SR Night of Instruction and Agape Dinner

 Dec 4

  Time Social Hour 6:30PM

Talk 7:00PM

Dinner 7:45PM

Cost $25.00/pp


    Brother Christopher Willingham, 32nd Degree

    Subject TBD

  Dress White tie, black tie or business suit

  Reservations may be made with the Secretary 


All reservations not canceled by November 30 must be honored.


Stated Meeting Dinner - November 13, 2018

posted Nov 8, 2018, 5:49 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite


Stated Meeting Menu


November 13, 2018


(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by November 9th)

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Assorted Appetizers

Smoked Turkey Breast

Mashed Potatoes

Turkey Gravey

Mixed Green Salad
Fresh Rolls

Pumpkin Pie


Rebuilding the Temple Program

posted Nov 8, 2018, 5:45 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

In 1982, the members were asked to make donations to Build the Temple.  Now 36 years later, the Temple needs some upgrades.  We are again asking the Brothers to step up to the plate.  The donation levels below are exactly the same as they were back in 1982.

We have already started the work, putting in a new floor and paint in the down stairs room, Soon we will have new window coverings.  See pictures in this Rite Word.

Future projects needed include; replacing window coverings throughout the building, building  out the old printing room as a modern conference room, building out the warehouse as a members lounge, new floors through out the building.  Also we want to expand the size of the Clinic to accommodate more Children.  We have over 100 on the waitlist and our space is maxed out.

All donations are tax deductible, and you will receive the appropriate plaque and have your name placed on our Donner’s wall.

Setter of the Corner Stone  $25,000+
Designer of the Royal Arch $9,001 to $24,999
Artesian of the Temple $3,001 to $9,000
Craftsman of the Pillars $1,501 to $3,000
Hewer of the Ashlars $751 to $1500
Cutter of the Cedars $250 to $750

You can make a one time donation or alternatively you can make a pledge that will fit within your budget. And any amount will be gratefully accepted.

Please contact the Secretary to Make your donation.


Stated Meeting Dinner (October 9, 2018)

posted Oct 11, 2018, 12:05 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Tuesday October 9, 2018


(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by October 5h)

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Assorted German Sausage

Soft Pretzels

German Pork Roast

Braised Red Cabbage

Baby Carrots

German Potato Salad

Apple Strudel

Special for October Fest
Beer on Tap


Esoteric Study Group (starting September 18, 2018)

posted Sep 3, 2018, 6:31 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Brothers’ Sean Patrick and Mark Scoggins are putting together in informal study group to discuss the esoteric side of Masonry and Scottish Rite Masonry.

The first meeting will be held on September 18, 2018.  And will deal with Rosecrucianism .  We hope that many of you will avail yourselves of this learning opportunity.

We too often hear about members wanting Education, but then when events are scheduled few show up.  So if you are truly interested in the education side of Masonry then put this on your calendar and plan to be there.  If the 3rd Tuesday in not normally a good date for you, then make it happen this month and discuss what may be a more mutually agreeable day.


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